Authentic Indian Pav Bhaji Recipe
Pav Bhaji is one of the most popular traditional street foods of Maharashtra.
As the name suggests, Pav is an Indian style bun that is sliced in two and roasted in butter on a sizzling hot pan.
Along with buttered Pavs, a mix of different nutritious vegetables cooked in traditional Indian spices in a semi-gravy style is served called a Bhaji.
Pav Bhaji is the most popular street food in Maharashtra.
It is eaten as a meal as well as a snack in almost all parts of the state.
Initially invented as a lunch meal for mill workers in the city of Mumbai, Pav Bhaji became so popular that it is found on every other street to every other restaurant in Maharashtra as well as in other parts of India.
This is the authentic recipe of how Pav Bhaji is cooked in the authentic, Maharashtrian style!
Cooking time: 40 minutes Serves: 4
Ingredients for the Bhaji:
4 chopped tomatoes, 3 large potatoes, 1 cup chopped carrots, 1 cup chopped cabbage, 2 large chopped onions, 1 cup green peas, 1 cup green beans, 2 chopped green chillies, 3 tsp butter, 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste and chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds, 2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves and salt (to taste)
Alternative: You can also cut down on adding these spices by adding Pav-Bhaji masala powder.
Toss the chopped Carrots, Potatoes, Cabbage, Green Beans and Green Peas in a pressure cooker. You can add other vegetables of your choice such as Capsicum, Cauliflower and Pumpkin. Add 2 1/2 cups of water and pressure cook it for about 10 to 15 minutes. Let it whistle 5 to 6 times. Meanwhile, in a pan or a kadhai melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds and let them pop for a while. Next, add 2 cups of chopped onions. Sauté them on medium flame till the onions are soft and translucent. Add 2 teaspoon of ginger-garlic paste along with two green chillies. When these ingredients are mixed well, it is time to add the chopped tomatoes. Cook them well for 8 to 9 minutes on medium flame till the tomatoes are soft and squishy. Finally, it is time to add the spices. Add 2 tsp of Kashmiri red chilli powder, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves and salt as per your taste. Along with these spices, you can also add 2- 3 tsp of Pav-Bhaji masala powder to enhance the taste. Next, add the boiled vegetables and mix very well. With the masher, mash the vegetables directly to make a smooth mixture. The Bhaji should be semi-dry so add the water accordingly. Garnish the Bhaji with chopped coriander leaves.
Ingredients for the Pav:
2-3 tsp butter and Pav Bhaji masala (optional)
Slice the Pavs into two. Meanwhile, heat a flat pan or tawa on medium flame. Add 2-3 tsp butter to let it melt. Along with butter, if you’d like to spice up your pav, you can sprinkle some garam masala powder or Pav Bhaji masala powder. Place the inner side of the Pavs on it and let the butter get absorbed, toast till golden brown and similarly, flip to toast the outer side of the Pav as well.
How to Serve:
Pav Bhaji is served hot along with some green chillies and chopped onions on the side. You can even drizzle half a lemon to make it tangy. Enjoy this delicious as well as nutritious meal and let it take you to the aromatic streets of Mumbai!
Nutritional Value of Pav Bhaji
The nutrients present in this Authentic Pav Bhaji Recipe is based on one serving, according to the standard 2000-calorie diet.
Total calories: 400 out of which 106 from Fats.
Authentic Indian Pav Bhaji Recipe
Ingredients for the Bhaji
- 4 chopped tomatoes
- 3 large potatoes
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped cabbage
- 2 large chopped onions
- 1 cup green peas
- 1 cup green beans
- 2 chopped green chillies
- 3 tsp butter
- 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
- chopped coriander leaves
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves
- Salt, to taste
Ingredients for the Pav
- 2-3 tsp butter
- Pav-bhaji masala (optional)
To make the Bhaji
- Toss the chopped Carrots, Potatoes, Cabbage, Green Beans and Green Peas in a pressure cooker. You can add other vegetables of your choice such as Capsicum, Cauliflower and Pumpkin.
- Add 2 ½ cups of water and pressure cook it for about 10 to 15 minutes. Let it whistle 5 to 6 times.
- Meanwhile, in a pan or a kadhai melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds and let them pop for a while. Next, add 2 cups of chopped onions. Sauté them on medium flame till the onions are soft and translucent.
- Add 2 teaspoon of ginger-garlic paste along with two green chillies. When these ingredients are mixed well, it is time to add the chopped tomatoes. Cook them well for 8 to 9 minutes on medium flame till the tomatoes are soft and squishy. Finally, it is time to add the spices. Add 2 tsp of Kashmiri red chilli powder, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves and salt as per your taste.
- Along with these spices, you can also add 2- 3 tsp of Pav Bhaji masala powder to enhance the taste. Next, add the boiled vegetables and mix very well. With the masher, mash the vegetables directly to make a smooth mixture. The Bhaji should be semi-dry so add the water accordingly.
- Garnish the Bhaji with chopped coriander leaves.
To make the Pav
- Slice the Pavs into two.
- Meanwhile, heat a flat pan or tawa on medium flame. Add 2-3 tsp butter to let it melt.
- Along with butter, if you'd like to spice up your pav, you can sprinkle some garam masala powder or Pav-Bhaji masala powder.
- Place the inner side of the Pavs on it and let the butter get absorbed, toast till golden brown and similarly, flip to toast the outer side of the Pav as well.
Also, try: Kadai Paneer Recipe (Restaurant Style)
Anushka is a passionate writer and works at F and B Recipes. She loves poetry and is currently pursuing a degree in media and communications.
99 thoughts on “Authentic Indian Pav Bhaji Recipe”
This tastes incredible, Anushka! <3
I tried it and the taste was marvelous 😍😍
I’ve to say I’m learning cooking from this and it’s super easy and fun to make new new dishes .
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Genuine Indian Pav bhaji recipe:-
As being Indian the most preferable food of mine and i just like it…. I tried this pav bhaji where the pavs were laden with butter and so soft that just gobbling them is itself delicious!
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I love the pav bhaji very much. Thanks for sharing recipe loved it!!!
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I followed this recipe and the pavbhaji tasted so good.
Great recipe, easy to follow and tastes amazing.
Pav bhaji with some butter is like cherry on top.
What could be a better combination than spicy bhaji and soft spongy pav?!
I love eating pav bhaji. It’s easy to cook, can be served as an appetiser or main course.
Spicy and flavourful like the street side pav bhaji!
This recipe rekindled my childhood memories!
This recipe turned out to be perfect!
Being a citizen of Mumbai, Pav Bhaji is the most loved by me. Trying it in your style was fun to experiment! Thanks!
This is so yummy!
I love this dish!
I made it for the first time. Loved the final result.
I love eating Pav Bhaji and this recipe is so much better than the rest! It’s got fewer calories and turns out better.
So tempting! Love the way this recipe turned out to be!
I tried this recipe and it was so yummy everyone at home loved it. Thank you!
I liked the authentic taste of it. It’s exactly like how it’s sold in the streets of Bombay.
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I love street food and therefore I just had to try this recipe. It was so nice!
Thanks for sharing the recipe. It’s been a while since I last had it before lockdown.
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Being a Maharashtrian pav bhaji is my first love and this recipe actually turned out to be mouthwatering.
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Easy recipe with simple instructions.
It tastes incredible!
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Best Pav bhaji recipe I’ve tried till now.
Nice and flavorful!
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I am craving Pav Bhaji so bad now!
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Looovee Pav Bhaji, the best street food in the world!
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Heart of India is pav bhaji 🙂
No other recipe can match this level of greatness
Every north indian’s favourite dish, thanks for sharing this recipe.
It’s really delicious !
Very simple recipe yet very delicious.
This is so easy to cook!
This looks so delicious..such a great recipe, I like it, thanks for sharing it.
My favourite Indian recipe. I am gonna share it with my mom so we can taste this delicious recipe with so easy steps.
My family loved this recipe! Absolutely can’t get over it.
I’m in love with this recipe!
People who love to eat pav bhaji are the best people.
Say no more to street eating. This recipe will blow your mind.
This yummy Indian dish is my favorite !! Will try it today.
Tried this one, liked it. Thanks for sharing!
One of my favourite…its very yummy!
Yum.its very easy i will try
This tasted so goood!!
I guess this recipe would give an authentic Pav Bhaji taste too.
Awesome taste and easy to cook
Wow! This turned to be my favorite now.
Perfect dish for all the culture…we all love pav-bhajhi alot
After seeing the picture now i am craving for pav bhaji… it fills water in my mouth!!
Pav-bhaji is my all time favourite but by adding this recipe i got crazy
My brother is gonna love thisssssss…
This Pav Bhaji is all I want!! Super Delicious
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All time favourite.
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It was really nice!
My Maharashtrian friend is going to love it. Thank you F and B recipes!!
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Been 4 years in Maharashtra and Pav Bhaji will never be enough for me. I am going to try this for dinner.😎
Aww! Best yummmmmmiest street food………All time favorite.
So simple yet a lip smacking recipe .. im already salivating cant wait to try it out.
pav bhaji is Yum 🤤 and everyone loves it. Mouth watering food recipe.
Perfect recipe, very easily explained as well
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Hi! I made as per your recipe and my family just loved it.💓💫